CIRCULAR NO: JMT/100/14                                                              

The Africa Youth Network (AYN) has launched a Poetry (Spoken/Word) Competition during this month of Muharram, in keeping up with its mission - Cultivating and strengthening youth networks to develop the youth for tomorrow: educated, socially aware and vibrant followers of the Ahlulbayt (AS)"
The Competition is open for all Members of the Community in Africa of the age group of 12 – 35 years.

Below are the details of the Competition:
Theme: “The Eternal Revolution of Karbala”

  • How does Karbala inspire us today?
  • What transformation does the event of Karbala brings out in us?
  • What can we learn from the Heroes of Karbala to become true followers of Imam Mahdi (ATFS)?


  • Age: 12 to 35 years
  • Can be written in any language or combination of languages
  • The poem has to include the line: “Every day is Ashura; Every land is Karbala”
  • The poem has to be performed/recited (up to 3 minutes maximum)

The poem and presentation/recital will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Content and relevance of theme
  • Style and literary technique
  • Performance and presentation

The video of the performance and the written text of the poem will be sent to
The prize – a Ziarat trip to Iraq in April 2015 – has been kindly sponsored by Spiritual Journeys and Alhaj Murtaza Kanani of Nairobi.

AYN are also in the process of contacting Ahlulbayt TV, and Safeer TV/IBN to have a slot where the top 3 or 4 best poems can be presented.
The Competition will not only help identify and develop talents within the community, it will also provide a platform for propagation of the message of Karbala.
Below is a poster with further details on the Competition.

Aunali Khalfan
Hon Secretary

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